Race and Ethnicity Unit Lead

The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) has a great opportunity for a Race and Ethnicity Unit Lead to join us in making a difference on a fixed-term contract, initially for three years.

The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) has a great opportunity for a Race and Ethnicity Unit Lead to join us in making a difference on a fixed-term contract, initially for three years.

The RSC’s purpose is to help the chemical sciences community make the world a better place. We believe that people thrive in institutions and organisations where they feel they belong, and diversity of thought, perspective and experience are required for individuals and organisations to be successful. Through our long-term commitment to inclusion and diversity we have developed multiple interventions, demonstrating a thought-leadership position to drive change in the culture of chemistry. Our Inclusion and Diversity strategy will push us harder and further than ever before. We aim to increase the diversity of people choosing the chemical sciences and fulfilling their potential for a truly inclusive community.

Our Race and Ethnicity Unit represents our commitment in action to tackling racism and ethnic inequalities uncovered in the chemical sciences. The Unit will be established with an initial investment of £1.5M over the first three years to serve as a basis to evaluate outcomes and impact, and future needs in the community and for our future work.

As our Race and Ethnicity Unit Lead you will consider a range of data and evidence to make recommendations, identify and work with key partners and empower communities to drive racial and ethnic equality. Leading a small team and collaborating with other colleagues in the Global Inclusion team and across the organisation, you will work on a range of topics to tackle racism and ethnic inequalities in the chemical sciences. In this role you will develop the vision for the Race and Ethnicity Unit, assess and report progress and input to future recommendations with responsibility for an annual budget of approximately £500K.

We are looking for:    


  • Degree in science or science-related area and an interest in chemistry (or equivalent gained, for example, through working in science or science-related management, publishing or community engagement).
  • Knowledge of, and a passion for inclusion and diversity in STEM subjects and in particular race and ethnicity equality in different sectors, as well as current initiatives impacting the science and technology ecosystem.
  • Experience of managing a team, as well as the ability to work with colleagues in a wide variety of contexts, delivering results that take into account the widest needs of the organisation.
  • Proven experience running complex multi-stakeholder projects and programmes, with the ability to balance commitments and priorities across several programmes.
  • Experience building relationships and networks, as well as developing projects and running committees involving professionals across career stages and communicating effectively with a variety of audiences and influencing people across levels and sectors.
  • Ability to make decisions, building consensus and to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences, using a range of digital, written, and oral communication channels.


  • Experience working in a scientific organisation, company, university or in a government setting.
  • Experience of running events and ability to facilitate workshops or discussion meetings.

The RSC supports development and offers excellent benefits. The contractual base for this role is our Cambridge or London office, however we are currently embracing hybrid working, and therefore you will have the opportunity to work from a location other than this, as agreed with your line manager. Applicants should be aware that there is an expectation that employees will attend the offices as needed for their role. This role will involve UK travel as well as some weekend and evening work.

Visit our Work For Us website to learn more about us, our Equal Opportunities Statement and Inclusive Culture Pledge.

If you are interested, please apply before the end of our closing date.

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